Not for the weak of heart, director Neil Jordan's stylistic thriller is one of the best creepfests to come around in a long time. Bening's nightmares are somehow plugged in to the actions of a child abductor who, after being nearly drowned as a young boy, has grown up twisted beyond repair. The water images are suffocating and Bening is haunting. The final scenes are a bit of a stretch, but for the most part the film is riveting.
Although Jordan has had his misfires in the past, In Dreams, which comes on the heels of his brilliant Butcher Boy, should put him on the short list of must-see directors.